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2011-2012 University Catalog 
    
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Therapy – Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT)


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University of the Sciences offers a doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) program. Students choose from one of two tracks: community-based practice and leadership.

For the 2010–2011 academic year, the DrOT program was available only to students in the first or second year of the BSHS/MOT program through the accelerated pathway program and to students holding a baccalaureate degree. In the 2011–2012 academic year, the accelerated program will be the only entrance option for those without a baccalaureate degree. For more information, contact the Department of Occupational Therapy.

The doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) program has been awarded developing program status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you have questions or comments, please contact the agency at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 or 301.652.2682.

Accelerated Pathway DrOT Program


Program Admission Criteria


To be considered for admission to the accelerated pathway of the DrOT program, a current BSHS/MOT student must:

  • Have entered University of the Sciences in Catalog Year 2009 or 2010 (see the Academics section of this catalog for more information).
  • Earn the BSHS degree at University of the Sciences.
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in University of the Sciences’ BSHS program.
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in courses in the BSHS program that have OT prefixes or that serve as prerequisites for the DrOT program.

Program Retention Policy


Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in pass/fail courses) in all courses with the prefix OT in order to progress to any other course for which the completed course is a prerequisite in the professional phase of the program, unless otherwise indicated in the course syllabus.

The grading criteria for courses will be established and made explicit in each syllabus.

Further, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher throughout their time in the program.

Any student who does not achieve an acceptable grade in a course with an OT prefix or GPA necessary for progression will not be permitted to progress in the professional curriculum. The student may be offered the opportunity to take the same course the following academic year. This situation will delay the student’s progress for one year, and the student must then submit in writing intent to resume his/her studies in the professional curriculum.

A student may take an OT course a maximum of two times to achieve a grade that satisfies the required standards. If he/she has not achieved the required “C” or better grade in the OT course, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

All Level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of the completion of didactic coursework.

Maximum Period of Candidacy to Pursue the DrOT


The accelerated pathway in the DrOT program is designed to be completed in two and a half years (including one summer session), after completion of the BSHS in health science degree (three and a half years) at USciences. While it is anticipated that most students will graduate within the expected two and a half years, periodically unforeseen circumstances occur. Therefore, students in the accelerated pathway will be given a period of four and a half years to complete the program.

The academic standards of the DrOT program, including the program admission criteria, program retention policy, and the maximum period of candidacy, are subject to revision. Contact the Department of Occupational Therapy for more information about these policies.

BSHS/DrOT Accelerated Program Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2015 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year (U1)


Second Year (U2)


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Humanities or General Education Elective Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year (P1)


Fourth Year (P2)


Fifth Year (P3)


Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 12


Credits/Semester: 12


Sixth Year (P4)


P4 Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 6


Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


Credits/Semester: 12


Total Credits to receive a DrOT: 195


Post-Baccalaureate Admission to the DrOT


Students who have earned or will have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the summer semester classes may be eligible for entrance into the four-year doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) program.

Program Admission Criteria


To be considered for admission to the post-baccalaureate pathway of the DrOT program, a student must:

  • Have an earned baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Have completed the following prerequisite course requirements:
    • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology
    • 1 semester of abnormal psychology
    • 1 semester of either sociology or cultural anthropology
    • 1 semester of physics (with or without a lab)
    • 1 semester of statistics
    • 1 semester of human growth and development through the life span
  • Obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the baccalaureate degree program.
  • Be fluent in both spoken and written English.

Program Retention Policy


Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in pass/fail courses) in all courses with the prefix OT in order to progress to any other course for which the completed course is a prerequisite in the professional phase of the program, unless otherwise indicated in the course syllabus.

The grading criteria for courses will be established and made explicit in each syllabus.

Further, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher cumulative throughout their time in the program.

Any student who does not achieve an acceptable grade in a course with an OT prefix or GPA necessary for progression will not be permitted to progress in the professional curriculum. The student may be offered the opportunity to take the same course the following academic year. This situation will delay the student’s progress for one year, and the student must then submit in writing intent to resume his/her studies in the professional curriculum.

A student may take an OT course a maximum of two times to achieve a grade that satisfies the required standards. If he/she has not achieved the required “C” or better grade in the OT course, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

All Level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of didactic coursework.

Maximum Period of Candidacy to Pursue the DrOT


Students entering the post-baccalaureate pathway of the DrOT program are expected to complete the program within a period of four years (including two summer sessions). While it is anticipated that most students will graduate within this time period, periodically unforeseen circumstances occur. Therefore, students in the post-baccalaureate pathway will be given a period of six years to complete the program.

The academic standards of the DrOT program, including the program admission criteria, program retention policy, and the maximum period of candidacy, are subject to revision. Contact the Department of Occupational Therapy for more information about these policies.

DrOT Curriculum Plan


For students who have completed a baccalaureate degree.

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 12


Credits/Semester: 12


Fourth Year


Summer Semester


Credits/Semester: 6


Concentration Tracks


Students will choose one of the following:

Credits/Semester: 14


Spring Semester


Credits/Semester: 12


Total Credits: 131


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